Family Events & Festivals

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 Babysitting EventsGo to top of List
 
Thursdays
WEE ONES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, as this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. No meeting on July 4. Northside Library.  9:30-10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
September 29, Sunday
JOJO SIWA
John Paul Jones Arena.
Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, The New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeons Lip Sync Battle Shorties. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $Varies.  Contact: JPJA Marketing.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
August 31-October 5, Saturdays
FREEFALL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
WTJU & IX Art Park.
Each week features live music, kids activities, food trucks, and beer, wine & soft drinks. IX Art Park.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
September 21, Saturday
OPEN HOUSE AT THE WHITE PIG ANIMAL SANCTUARY
Dina Brigish .
The White Pig Animal Sanctuary is opening its doors to the public for a family-friendly event that will include touring the sanctuary, up-close interaction with the animals, walking/hiking trails, great food, vendor tents, DJ, live music from local bands and a bonfire to wrap the night up. Attending the open house will give all ages the opportunity to learn about animal rescue, care and stewardship, as well as cruelty-free lifestyle choices. Donations will be accepted. 5120 Irish Rd, Schuyler.  12-8pm.  $Free with suggested donation at door.  Contact: Alissa Kircher.  Email: alissa.kircher23@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-309-2671. 
 
September 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday
8TH ANNUAL FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults. Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy wagon rides, play games, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins, listen to live music and more. Chiles Peach Orchard.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  All ages welcome.  Email: hello@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
May-September 26, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-8:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April-September, Fridays
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Chiles Orchard, Crozet.  5:30-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September 27-29, Friday-Saturday
FALL HARVEST WEEKEND
Misty Mountain Camp Resort.
Beans and cornbread dinner cooked over an open fire. Come enjoy the scenery of The Blue Ridge and the changing colors of fall. There will be trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, wagon ride to pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, site decorating contest, air brush tattoos, movies, wagon rides, bonfire, karaoke, ice cream social and more. Sunday coffee and donuts. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
Late-June-mid-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
October 19, Saturday
20TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Showalters Orchard.
Enjoy a large variety of already picked apples, PYO apples, Virginia-made items, food trucks, craft vendors, live music, Old Hill cider tastings, childrens activities and more. Showalters Orchard and Greenhouse, Timberville.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 19, Saturday
24TH ANNUAL APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL
Wade's Mill.
Enjoy a crisp Autumn day at the oldest commercially operating water powered grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley. Local artisans and crafts include broom making, blacksmithing, alpaca wool products, pottery, stained glass, lavender products, jewelry, wood turning and more. Take a tour of the historic mill and listen to live music while you enjoy food. Take a turn stirring with the long-handled paddle, and take home a jar of freshly made, 100 percent natural apple butter. Wade's Mill, Raphine.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: info@wadesmill.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-348-1400. 
 
September 28-29 & October 19-20
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This apple festival will offer food vendors, crafters, hayrides, an apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, fresh cider, pumpkins, inflatables and more. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
Saturdays in October
HENLEYFEST
Henley's Orchard.
Enjoy hay rides, cider making, apple cider donuts, apple picking and more each Saturday in October. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
September 21-November 3, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. New this is the Sunflower September Spectacular, where visitors can enjoy the sunflower PYO field on Sept. 21-22 & 24-29. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
Late-July-early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
This Nelson Country orchard has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 267 years, ever since King George issued their land grant. The orchard-home to 20 apple varieties-is located near the scenic George Washington National Forest and Wintergreen resort, and many families include a hike to Crabtree Falls while in the area. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5516. 
 
September 7-November 11
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 33 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze Saturdays from 6-10pm starting September 21. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-6293. 
 
April 14-November 24, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Mid August-November
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples from mid-August to late November and look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts-a mouth-watering local tradition-year-round. This is also a great place to bring visitors, since the panoramic view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
April 13-December 22, Saturday-Sunday
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  Saturday 9-11am; Sunday 10am-12pm.  $8.99 for ages 12+, $5.99 for kids 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
September 21, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Monticello and Wine & Country.
Celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson, America's first "foodie," with more than 100 educational programs, hands-on workshops, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, an organic, local food marketplace and kids' activities and more. Reservations recommended. West Lawn of Monticello.  10am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
September 21, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL ALL THINGS FALL FESTIVAL
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
This festival will include fall crafts, vendors, baked goods, homemade apple ice cream, a silent auction, 1/2 bushels of apples for sale, both a soup and chili cook-off, available lunch, and pumpkin painting for the kids. All proceeds go to support the church capital campaign and mission projects. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  9am-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-3888. 
 
September 21, Saturday
CVILLE SABROSO 2019
IX Art Park .
A family-friendly day of authentic food, music, fine arts, dance and so much more! All from different parts of Latin America. Enjoy a day filled with colorful art and dances from the traditional to contemporary. IX Art Park.  11am-9pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday
8TH ANNUAL FALL INTO FUN FESTIVAL
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Welcome Autumn with lots of fun activities for children and adults. Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way, enjoy wagon rides, play games, enjoy good food, pick your own apples and pumpkins, listen to live music and more. Chiles Peach Orchard.  $Free admission and parking; some activities have a fee.  All ages welcome.  Email: hello@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September 21-22, Saturday & Sunday
STAUNTON AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
An annual celebration of black culture and history featuring live music, face painting, cultural dancing, crafts, kids activities, community resources, health screenings and more. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  $Free.  Email: afestival2010@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21 & 22, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA CLAY FESTIVAL
Greene County Tourism.
An art show celebrating the creative possibilities of clay. This gathering of Virginia potters, sculptors and jewelers selling their latest work also features pottery demonstrations, children's area to play with clay, Raku firing and demonstration, old time and traditional Irish music and food trucks. William Monroe Middle School, Stanardsville.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: noonwhistle@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-6500. 
 
September 28, Saturday
22ND HARRISONBURG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg International Festival.
A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community featuring international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities. Downtown Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  Email: internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0059x5. 
 
September 28, Saturday
ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGAN ROOTS FEST
Vegan Roots Fest.
A family- and dog-friendly festival will include music and entertainment from local artists and great food, beer, wine and more. Experts will be on hand to talk about nutrition, menus and shopping. Grab a beer or wine and learn about all the ways veganism is for the animals, people and the planet. Washington Park.  12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 28, Saturday
FLOW: THE RIVANNA RIVER ARTS FESTIVAL
Rivanna Conservation Alliance / Chroma Projects.
FLOW 2019 will feature many of last year's visual and performing artists interpreting the river, along with a number of new ones. Environmental organizations will also have informational tables as well, so that visitors may learn about the good work that is being done. Darden Towe Park.  11am-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4837. 
 
September 29, Sunday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
The Foxfield Racing Association.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be Jack Russell Terrier races, stick pony races and children's activities. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9501. 
 
October 5, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
Celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy lots of free family activities, live music, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch, exhibit displays and more. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Dogs on leashes welcome. Acca Shrine Center, Richmond.  Directions: 1712 Bellevue Ave.  9am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: info@dsagr.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-447-4713. 
 
October 5, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the whole family to enjoy games on the German farm, traditional food, live dancing and live music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden in the Cochran Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  12-7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 5 & 6, Saturday & Sunday
32ND ANNUAL FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
The Fall Fiber Festival features workshops for adults and children, displays, animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, music, and more. Montpelier.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $5 adults, 16 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fallfiberfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 27-October 6
STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA
State Fair of Virginia.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. The Meadow Event Park, Doswell.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Varies.  $Ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
October 12, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL FALL FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
There will be all manner of fun and delicious activities from local vendor booths, wine tasting and food trucks to carnival games and activities for your little ones. Bring a pop up tent and chairs spend the day enjoying the different activities. Live music from 1-3pm. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  12-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
October 12, Saturday
CHILI & BREWFEST
Orange Chamber of Commerce.
Chili and craft beer tastings, area food and craft vendors, children's activities and live music. New this year will be the the East Orange Ruritan Cornhole Tournament. Orange County Fair Grounds, Orange.  Directions: Old Gordonsville Road.  11am-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5216. 
 
October 12, Saturday
FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort.
For more than 20 years, Massanutten has welcomed over 5,000 annual attendees for a celebration of all things fall, which includes three bands on the main stage, a beer garden, wine & cider sampling, food trucks and scenic chairlift rides. Plus, this year's Fall Festival is serving up tons of activities for the little ones. Massanutten Resort.  11:30am-5:30pm.  $5-$15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-9441. 
 
September-October 12, Saturdays & Sundays
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, cheer on pig and duck races, ride down the 60-foot tall slide mountain, visit with farm animals, and enjoy pumpkin bowling, apple canons and more. Hartland Farm & Orchard, Markham.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-533-6901. 
 
October 12, Saturday
MASSANUTTEN FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort.
Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, scenic chairlift rides, kids' activities, beer & wine garden and more. Massanutten Resort.  11:30am-5:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@massresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-9441. 
 
October 12, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST & HAUNTED TOURS OF STANARDSVILLE
Stanardsville.
This family-friend event features free admission for children and non-drinking adults, games, attractions, a face-painter and more. A costume contest will be held at 2pm so everyone is encouraged to dress up. For the 21+ crowd wishing to sample some of our region's finest beer, $10 wristbands are available which allow the bearer to sample from each of the homebrew contest entrants' submissions while supplies last as well as to purchase beer from the commercial beer taps onsite. After Oktoberfest closes at 6pm, docents will take groups on a walking tour of Stanardsville sharing stories about some of our more famous, or infamous as the case may be, residents. Learn about the local legends such as the Ghost of Miss Cleveland, the Lafayette Ghosts, the murder in the court house and much more. Tours are free but donations are accepted. For more information and event details, register to enter the homebrew contest, or to find parking and activities maps. Stanardsville Court House, Stanardsville.  1-6pm.  Email: info@rwbng.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 12-13, Saturday-Sunday
47TH ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE ART SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Art Center.
Each October the streets of downtown Waynesboro are transformed into an impressive showcase of 150+ fine artists featuring paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery, photography and more. Enjoy live music, craft beer and gourmet fare from the food trucks. Downtown Waynesboro.  $Free admission and parking.  Email: svartcenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7662. 
 
October 12-13, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL 2019
Claudius Crozet Park.
Fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and beer, a children's area, food, craft demonstrations and over 100 jury-selected Fine Art and Craft Exhibitors selling handcrafted works. Everything from pottery to puppets. Free parking. No pets permitted. Rain or shine. Claudius Crozet Park.  All ages welcome.  Email: festival@crozetfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-8284. 
 
October 11-13, Friday-Sunday
THE 10TH ANNUAL FESTY
The Festy.
Music & Mindfulness, a 3 day family-friendly, eco-friendly, world class music festival in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. IX Art Park.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 28-29 & October 19-20
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This apple festival will offer food vendors, crafters, hayrides, an apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, fresh cider, pumpkins, inflatables and more. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, Saturdays & Sundays
APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
In celebration of 49 years, savor good food and homemade apple butter at this annual fest with bluegrass music, crafts fair, hay maze, hayrides and horseback rides, rain or shine. Kids can climb the hay mountain, visit the animals and pick apples! Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
September 1-October 22
FALL FESTIVAL
Back Home-on the Farm.
Enjoy some old-fashioned fall fun, including a 7-acre pumpkin patch, a 5-acre corn maze, wagon rides to pumpkin patch, a historic carousel, a cow train, rubber ducky race, pig races, Putt Putt golf, campfires and more. Back Home-on the Farm, Harrisonburg.  3-7pm Mondays-Fridays, 10am-7pm Saturdays in September, 10am-10pm Saturdays in October, 12-6pm Sundays.  $10, under age 2 are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
October, Saturdays & Sundays
PUMPKIN PATCH FESTIVAL
Chisholm Vineyards.
Family fun at Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm. Corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkins, hay rides, kids' activities, live music, food trucks and more. Spend the day on the farm with us. Chisholm Vineyards.  12-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays in October.  $8+.  All ages welcome.  Email: andrea@chisholmvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-466-3989. 
 
September 21-November 3, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. New this is the Sunflower September Spectacular, where visitors can enjoy the sunflower PYO field on Sept. 21-22 & 24-29. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
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October 5, Saturday
ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
Monticello.
Monticellos Archaeology Department hosts its annual open house, featuring displays and exhibits on recent discoveries in the field and the lab, as well as walking tours of the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape. Archaeology staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Woodland Pavilion, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
October 5, Saturday
INTERACTIVE ARCHAEOLOGY DIG FOR KIDS
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
This 30-minute interactive exhibit will introduce children to archaeology, and how we know what we know about the lives of the enslaved and free people living and working at Monticello. Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock excavation where they will learn proper field techniques, including digging, screening, and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  Directions: Meets Outside the Woodland Pavilion at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10:30am-2:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 13.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 7, Monday
AVIATION HISTORY: HOT AIR BALLOONS AND AIRLINERS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore aviation history and learn how flying went from being a rich man's novelty to a basic mode of mass transportation. Join John Doyon, airline pilot, and former flight instructor and aviation history professor at Vermont Technical College, as he reveals the fascinating evolution of air travel. Northside Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 10, September 14 & October 12
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM
James Madison's Montpelier.
Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and discover their experiences as they transitioned from Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  3:00pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 20 & October 12, Saturdays
THE DOGS OF MONTPELIER LANDSCAPE WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Enjoy Montpelier’s trails and grounds with your canine companion, while learning about the history and folklore of dogs at Montpelier. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am.  $10.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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September 14-21 (Closed Sunday)
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
This semi-annual kids consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. Choose which of three charities will receive your $5 entry fee at the "Choose Your Charity Event" September 9 from 10am-6pm. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  9am-3pm Saturdays, 10am-6pm Monday-Friday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-5806. 
 
September 21 & 22, Saturday-Sunday
VIRGINIA CLAY FESTIVAL
Greene County Tourism.
An art show celebrating the creative possibilities of clay. This gathering of Virginia potters, sculptors and jewelers selling their latest work also features pottery demonstrations, children's area to play with clay, Raku firing and demonstration, old time and traditional Irish music and food trucks. William Monroe Middle School, Stanardsville.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: noonwhistle@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-6500. 
 
May 4-September 28, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
Albemarle County.
Local vendors bringing fresh in season vegetables and fruits, locally raised meats, eggs, fresh baked goods, roasted coffees, hot prepared foods, jewelry,soaps, tie dye crafts and clothing, and so much more. Leashed pets welcome. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  $Free Admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
April 6-November 23, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts every Saturday morning. 100 Water St E, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, Sundays
FARMER'S MARKET AT MOUNT IDA
Mount Ida.
Stop by every Sunday in September and enjoy varying local vendors. Mount Ida Tasting room.  2-6pm.  $None.  All ages welcome.  Email: shalfacre@mountidafarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-4282. 
 
October 10-13, Thursday-Sunday
BARRACKS ROAD ANNUAL FALL SIDEWALK SALE
Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Sashay into fall, jump-start your holiday shopping and save on fabulous finds at more than 80 shops and restaurants. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Directions: Emmet Street.  All ages welcome.  Email: snorth@federalrealty.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-9233. 
 
October 12-13, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL 2019
Claudius Crozet Park.
Fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and beer, a children's area, food, craft demonstrations and over 100 jury-selected Fine Art and Craft Exhibitors selling handcrafted works. Everything from pottery to puppets. Free parking. No pets permitted. Rain or shine. Claudius Crozet Park.  All ages welcome.  Email: festival@crozetfestival.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-8284. 
 
May 4-October 19, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse from a local and fresh selection. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  8am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
May 4-October 26, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
May 14-October 29, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Shop local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 30, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. 300 Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
April 6-November 16, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat and eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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September 19, Thursday
"A DIFFERENT SIDE..." DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE
Charlottesville Alliance for Black Male Achievement / Light House Studio.
Five Charlottesville High School students tell their story to police officers, teachers, school administrators, and anyone who may have a misperception of the young Black man in our society in a documentary they filmed, edited and produced. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.  6:30pm.  Email: fairleyd@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21, Saturday
FAMILY MOVIE: COCO
JMRL - Northside Library.
Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. Popcorn and juice boxes provided. Northside Library.  2-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 22, Sunday
DISNEY'S ALADDIN
The Paramount.
Soar away on a magic carpet ride of nonstop thrills and fun in the most spectacular adventure of all time. Experience the wonders of ALADDIN like never before, from the Academy Award-winning music to the unforgettable moments of sidesplitting comedy and soaring adventure. The Paramount Theater.  11am & 2pm.  $7 adult, $5 child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
October 18, Friday
AFTER HOURS MOVIE: GOOSEBUMPS 2 [PG]
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Slappy's back and causing trouble with all of his ghoulish friends. If you're feeling brave, you'll enjoy this (slightly) scary movie. Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 13.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
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September 21, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY
Smithsonian Magazine.
For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket. The theme of this years Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well. This year, Museum Day will celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music, an institution-wide initiative celebrating the Smithsonians vast musical collections and resources through 365 days of music-related programming. Music is not only a reflection of human creativity and innovation, but also a key method of communication and cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The Smithsonian Year of Music crosses disciplines, bringing together music-related resources in art, history, culture, science and education. Participating museums.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: THE MEANING OF ANIMALS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours, interactive tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
October 5, Saturday
ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
Monticello.
Monticellos Archaeology Department hosts its annual open house, featuring displays and exhibits on recent discoveries in the field and the lab, as well as walking tours of the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape. Archaeology staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Woodland Pavilion, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
August 9, 2019-January 5, 2020
TIME TO GET READY: FOTOGRAFIA SOCIAL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Time to Get Ready: Fotografia Social features photographs taken from 1966 to the 1980s by Maria Varela (b.1940) in numerous locations throughout the Deep South, Washington D.C. and New Mexico. Raised Catholic by her Mexican father and Irish mother, Varela first got involved in the Catholic social justice movement by joining the Young Christian Students. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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September 21, Saturday
CONSERVATION CELEBRATION WITH FIREWORKS
James Madison's Montpelier.
In partnership with Piedmont Environmental Council, James Madison's Montpelier and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have placed an additional 1,024 acres of historic land under permanent conservation easement, bringing the total land under protection to 1,939 acres - more than two-thirds of the 2,650-acre property! Join Montpelier in celebrating this remarkable achievement with a fun free event for the whole family. Bring your walking shoes, a picnic, blankets, and chairs! James Madison's Montpelier.  6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
September 28, Saturday
COYNER SPRINGS KITE FLY
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Grab your kite and enjoy old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin painting, Apple Slingin' Contest, candy drop and contests, and more. If you don't have a kite, not to worry, over 300 kites will be given away. Coyner Springs Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
September 28, Saturday
RUSTIC TRAIL HIKE
Monticello.
Take an informal ramble along one of the park’s many rustic woodland paths to learn about the natural history of the area and enjoy the season’s natural beauty. Route 53 parking area of the Saunders-Monticello Trail.  9:15-11:30am.  $18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
October 4, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  8pm.  $Free.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.rog. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
October 10, Thursday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and his underwater partner Jennifer Hayes. David Doubilet is one of the most prolific living photographers at National Geographic magazine and jokes that he's spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. His wife Jennifer Hayes is an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist. Join them on a visual journey of their National Geographic assignments to three unique marine environments. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
October 12-13, Saturday-Sunday
ROSE SOCIETY SHOW
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
At the Rose Show, enjoy displays of specimen roses and seminars by consulting experts. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 12-October 14
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 6, June 8, August 10 & October 19, Saturdays
SEASONAL FOREST STROLLS
James Madison's Montpelier.
Winding through the Landmark and Demonstration forests, learn about the dynamic history of the forests, including use, preservation and management over the last two centuries. Discover how we care for the land today. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
April 27, June 29, August 31 & October 26, Saturdays
FOREST & FIELD: A NATURE EXPLORATION SERIES
James Madison's Montpelier.
Montpelier's Nature Exploration Series takes visitors into different places in the landscape for a closer look at the natural world. Each of the four walks highlights a unique topic, including native plants and animals (April 27), mushrooms and other forest floor dwellers (June 29), and insects, friends and foes (August 31). The final session of the series delves into nature journaling to draw and take note of what we see, feel and hear. Each tour includes experts and Master Naturalists to enrich the tour with their topical knowledge and provide a small group experience. Each walk takes a different path with some moderate hills and is suitable for elementary grade children and up. James Madison's Montpelier.  10am-12pm.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
May 4-October 27
RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
The Gypsy Express is a short, fun ride around a scenic area of Stauntons Gypsy Hill Park. Today's riders are frequently the children and grandchildren of those who first rode the mini train more than a half-century ago. Rain cancels rides. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-3pm.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3800. 
 
September 22, October 13 & November 10
PARK HOP WITH A DOC
Wildrock / Pediatric Associates.
Park Hop with a Doc® (A Wildrock Urban Outreach Initiative) is bringing imaginative play to parks for happier, healthier kids. Join local pediatricians from Pediatric Associates and Wildrock's Pop-Up Play Crew for a day for play at the park. Sept. date at Belmont Park, October date at Meade Park and November date at Washington Park. September 22 at Belmont Park, October 13 at Meade Park & November 10 at Washington Park.  1-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
September 3 & 10, October 1 & 8, November 6 & December 3
SEASONAL GARDEN WALKS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the collection, offered monthly except January, July, and August. Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  10-11am.  $17/non-members, Free for members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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September 17-21
ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Altria Theater.
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory ... to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Part of the 2019-2020 Broadway In Richmond Season Altria Theater, Richmond.  Varies.  $Prices vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
September 5-29, Thursdays-Sundays
BRIAN CLOWDUS EXPERIENCES PRESENTS: THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The Sound of Music will come to life amongst the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Wintergreen Resort in a never-before-seen, site-specific production of the iconic show. A unique ski lift ride will set the stage as audiences are transported to a remote and breathtaking location at the resort where they will be greeted by friendly nuns and rowdy von Trapp Children all professing that the hills are truly alive with music. 2pm & 7pm.  $35-$55.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 844-296-8904. 
 
October 18, Friday
PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR 2019
Music Resource Center.
Party Like a Rock Star at Studio MRC. Enjoy an evening in the 90s. Live "band-a-oke" with guest performers, house band E3, open bar, food and more. Music Resource Center.  Email: musicresourcecenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-5478. 
 
October 18, Friday
PETER RABBIT TALES - LIVE ON STAGE!
The Paramount Theater.
Don't miss the stage retelling of the classic Beatrix Potter favorites. This live event is not only for the next generation of littles, but also for the young-at-heart who fondly remember the adventures of Potter's Peter Rabbit. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $14.75 adult, $10.75 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
October 19, Saturday
BEER & BALLET
Charlottesville Ballet / Champion Brewing Company.
Enjoy performances of different genres by members of the Charlottesville Ballet professional company while having an evening filled with craft beer and local food. A portion of proceeds donated to the ballet. Champion Brewing Co.  5:30-7:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
October 11-12 & 18-19
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR
Belmont Arts Collaborative.
Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage in Disney's High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities. Proceeds support the Belmont Arts Collaborative. Belmont Arts Collaborative.  Directions: 221 Carlton Road.  7:30pm.  Email: info@belmontarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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September 19, Thursday
"A DIFFERENT SIDE..." DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE
Charlottesville Alliance for Black Male Achievement / Light House Studio.
Five Charlottesville High School students tell their story to police officers, teachers, school administrators, and anyone who may have a misperception of the young Black man in our society in a documentary they filmed, edited and produced. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.  6:30pm.  Email: fairleyd@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY
Smithsonian Magazine.
For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket. The theme of this years Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well. This year, Museum Day will celebrate the Smithsonian Year of Music, an institution-wide initiative celebrating the Smithsonians vast musical collections and resources through 365 days of music-related programming. Music is not only a reflection of human creativity and innovation, but also a key method of communication and cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The Smithsonian Year of Music crosses disciplines, bringing together music-related resources in art, history, culture, science and education. Participating museums.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21, Saturday
ANNUAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Fleetwood Community Center.
Featuring live music by multiple bands. Come listen to local Bluegrass music and enjoy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Fleetwood Community Center, Roseland.  Doors open at 12pm.  $15 adults, Children 10 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-907-8113. 
 
September 21, Saturday
CONSERVATION CELEBRATION WITH FIREWORKS
James Madison's Montpelier.
In partnership with Piedmont Environmental Council, James Madison's Montpelier and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have placed an additional 1,024 acres of historic land under permanent conservation easement, bringing the total land under protection to 1,939 acres - more than two-thirds of the 2,650-acre property! Join Montpelier in celebrating this remarkable achievement with a fun free event for the whole family. Bring your walking shoes, a picnic, blankets, and chairs! James Madison's Montpelier.  6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x 450. 
 
September 21, Saturday
INDIAN VEGETARIAN COOKING DEMO
JMRL - Northside Library.
Learn about India's age-old healthy, yet delicious, vegetarian culinary traditions with Kumud Vanderveer. Participants will be able to sample dishes and take home recipe sheets. Demo includes health benefits of spices used. Required registration. Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 20-22, Friday-Sunday
52ND ANNUAL GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society.
Exhibits from Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society members and vendors illustrating the beauty and fascinating aspects of the rocks and minerals found in the Shenandoah Valley and around the world. Minerals, gems and hand-crafted jewelry will be offered for sale by vendors from the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Activities and educational demonstrations will be available for children, home-schoolers, scouts and families. And, door prizes will be drawn hourly on Saturday and Sunday. Augusta Expo.  Directions: 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville.  2-6pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-337-2552. 
 
June 24-September 23, Fourth Mondays
PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Tavern on the Green.
Enjoy food, fun and games in a carnival atmosphere featuring corn hole, volley ball, a bounce house and more. Each event will feature different vendors, a winery, distillery, & brewery. Pre-order a picnic basket from the Tavern or purchase à la carte as there will be grilling outside with all your picnic favorites. Seating is available on the patio but you can bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to eat on the grass. Tavern on the Green, Zion Crossroads.  12-4pm.  $1 for over 21.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 24, Tuesday
FAIRY HOUSES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Using mosses, sticks, acorns and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. One adult must attend with each registered child. Attending adults do not need to register. Northside Library.  4-6pm & 6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 25, Wednesday
HOME EDUCATORS' DAY AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Monticello welcomes the homeschool community. Students can explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics at indoor and outdoor hands-on activity stations, take a special guided tour of Monticello, roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, hike our trails, and more. Reservations are strongly recommended. Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $15 adults advance, $10 students 5 and up, Free for children 4 and under.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9880. 
 
September 28, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SUPERHEROES UNITE: CURESEARCH WALK
Celebrate and honor children from the Charlottesville area who have been affected by children's cancer. This special day will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family. The Park at UVA.  Directions: 1015 Massie Rd.  9am registration, 10am start.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Murphy.  Email: jennifer.murphy@curesearch.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 240-235-2211. 
 
September 28, Saturday
COYNER SPRINGS KITE FLY
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Grab your kite and enjoy old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin painting, Apple Slingin' Contest, candy drop and contests, and more. If you don't have a kite, not to worry, over 300 kites will be given away. Coyner Springs Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
September 27-29, Friday-Sunday
QUEEN CITY MISCHIEF & MAGIC: HARRY POTTER PARTY
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Queen City Mischief & Magic is a homegrown fan event created for the local community to celebrate and grow appreciation for the Harry Potter books and film series. Downtown Staunton.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: bajastaunton@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-9988. 
 
September 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29, Saturdays & Sundays
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swnnanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million, 52-room mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace, Afton.  11:30am-5pm.  $8 for Self Guided Tour and $10 for Guided Tours; Children 12 and under free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 409-256-8735. 
 
All of September
DINE OUT FOR NO KID HUNGRY
September is Hunger Awareness Month. All month, people can dine out at any of the thousands of participating restaurants across the country where every $1 donated can connect a child struggling with hunger with 10 meals. That's a big deal in a country where 1 out of 5 kids can't count on their next meal, and it's a simple way to make every meal count. Participating restaurants across the country.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 212-528-1691. 
 
October 5, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
Celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy lots of free family activities, live music, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch, exhibit displays and more. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Dogs on leashes welcome. Acca Shrine Center, Richmond.  Directions: 1712 Bellevue Ave.  9am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: info@dsagr.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-447-4713. 
 
October 5-29
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
October 7, Monday
AVIATION HISTORY: HOT AIR BALLOONS AND AIRLINERS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore aviation history and learn how flying went from being a rich man's novelty to a basic mode of mass transportation. Join John Doyon, airline pilot, and former flight instructor and aviation history professor at Vermont Technical College, as he reveals the fascinating evolution of air travel. Northside Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
October 9, Wednesday
SURVIVAL OF THE KNITTEST
JMRL - Central Library.
Join together at the library to show off your latest projects, get or give tips, and even learn how to knit and crochet. No experience necessary. Yarn provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it along. Central Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 10, Thursday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and his underwater partner Jennifer Hayes. David Doubilet is one of the most prolific living photographers at National Geographic magazine and jokes that he's spent more of his waking hours underwater than on dry land. His wife Jennifer Hayes is an aquatic biologist and a globally published photojournalist. Join them on a visual journey of their National Geographic assignments to three unique marine environments. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
October 12, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST & HAUNTED TOURS OF STANARDSVILLE
Stanardsville.
This family-friend event features free admission for children and non-drinking adults, games, attractions, a face-painter and more. A costume contest will be held at 2pm so everyone is encouraged to dress up. For the 21+ crowd wishing to sample some of our region's finest beer, $10 wristbands are available which allow the bearer to sample from each of the homebrew contest entrants' submissions while supplies last as well as to purchase beer from the commercial beer taps onsite. After Oktoberfest closes at 6pm, docents will take groups on a walking tour of Stanardsville sharing stories about some of our more famous, or infamous as the case may be, residents. Learn about the local legends such as the Ghost of Miss Cleveland, the Lafayette Ghosts, the murder in the court house and much more. Tours are free but donations are accepted. For more information and event details, register to enter the homebrew contest, or to find parking and activities maps. Stanardsville Court House, Stanardsville.  1-6pm.  Email: info@rwbng.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 5 & 6 and 12 &13
54TH ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES
Blue Ridge Home Builders Association.
Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-8652. 
 
October 19, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK
Junior League of Richmond.
Children can see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and a helicopter. The event also features special performances, food trucks, face painting, bounce castles, games and a raffle. Richmond International Raceway.  Directions: 602 E Laburnum Ave.  10am-3pm.  Email: touchatruck@jlrichmond.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-250-5450. 
 
October 19, Saturday
DYSLEXIA AWARENESS
Horton Vineyards / Dyslexia pqbd.
Join in for a wine tasting, dyslexia education, shopping and more. Make a monetary donation for dyslxia awareness and receive a complimentary tasting. Dyslexia pqbd will be on-site. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
October 19, Saturday
FAMILY ZUMBA
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Zumba is a Latin-fusion dance class with easy-to-follow moves. Jennifer Homan will lead this family-friendly class for all ages that will get your body moving and your heart pumping. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
Second Wednesdays monthly
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from Green Dogs Unleashed.Call the library to register for a 15-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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September 20, Friday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against NC State. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
September 21, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. OLD DOMINION & YOUTH DAY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBA.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 23, Monday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against Western Michigan. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
September 27, Friday
17TH ANNUAL IN THE PINK TENNIS TOURNAMENT'S MIXED IN PINK
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The Women's Committee will host a doubles tennis tournament at Keswick Hall and Estates to raise funds to support Marianne's Room and patient services offered through the Cancer Resource Center. Keswick Hall & Estates.  6:30-9:30pm.  $50 individual/$100 double team registration.  Contact: Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.  Email: MJH_Foundation@Sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-8258 . 
 
September 27, Friday
19TH ANNUAL AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Amazement Square, Downtown Lynchburg.  4-8pm.  Recommended for ages 0 to 13.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
September 28, Saturday
17TH ANNUAL IN THE PINK TENNIS TOURNAMENT'S MEN, WOMEN, AND KIDS IN PINK
Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.
The Women's Committee will host a tennis tournament and a Kids In Pink clinic to raise funds to support Marianne's Room and patient services offered through the Cancer Resource Center. Kids In Pink, which includes clinic and match play time, will be offered at Boar's Head Sports Club. Men In Pink will be held at at ACAC and Women In Pink will be held concurrently at Boar's Head, Farmington, Forest Lakes, Keswick Hall & Estates and Glenmore. Vary.  9am-12pm.  $50 individual registration.  Contact: Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.  Email: MJH_Foundation@Sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-8258. 
 
September 28, Saturday
18TH ANNUAL ALL-TERRAIN 5K & 7TH KIDS' FUN RUN
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Running or walking, this unique, off-road course can be a challenge for even serious runners, or a nice walk for families. Refreshments will be available for all participants following the run, along with door prizes. There will be awards for the top finishers in each age group. Charlottesville Catholic School.  $Varies.  Email: c.smith@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-0400. 
 
September 28, Saturday
BE BOLD PUPS & PINTS
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  9am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 28, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SUPERHEROES UNITE: CURESEARCH WALK
Celebrate and honor children from the Charlottesville area who have been affected by children's cancer. This special day will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family. The Park at UVA.  Directions: 1015 Massie Rd.  9am registration, 10am start.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Murphy.  Email: jennifer.murphy@curesearch.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 240-235-2211. 
 
October 1, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against George Washington. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
October 4, Friday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against Louisville. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
May 26-October 6, Every Sunday
POLO AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Every Sunday, weather permitting, Roseland polo hosts a day of wine, competition and family fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a 10x10 pop-up tent for shade and folding chairs or a blanket to sit on. King Family Vineryards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
October 12, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST 5K TRAIL RUN & RUCK
Monticello Boy Scouts.
Open to the entire family, the race will follow wooded trails and stream crossings on a challenging course that includes parts of the Heritage and Rivanna Trail system. This year, GORUCK is proud to partner with our Apple Harvest Fest in 2019 to bring rucking to the 5K. Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training and is as simple as walking with some weight in a backpack. If you're a Scout, you've rucked, so show your stuff and add a new challenge to your 5K this year by wearing a ruck/backpack. Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra.  8am.  $Varies.  Recommended for ages 6 to 99.  Email: info@appleharvesttrailrun.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 12, Saturday
B.J. BOOKFEST
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Discover the many achievements of local African-Americans and the challenges faced today. Presented by Mr. Alex-Zan, Our Legacy, Inc., along with local authors Ann Carter, Shirley Parrish and Page Hill, they will share the importance of local history and literacy. There will be a tribute to Roland Beauford and June Mitchell-Bridgeford. Gordon Avenue Library.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
October 12, Saturday
COMMUNITY BRIDGES 5K RUN/WALK
Community Bridges.
AHIP (Albemarle Housing Improvement Program), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) and the Piedmont Housing Alliance are the beneficiaries of this year's race. UVA Chemistry Building, 409 McCormick Road.  9am.  $20.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 13, Sunday
FALL CLASSIC HALF MARATHON & 10K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
Experience Charlottesville in its Fall glory. One of the most scenic courses in the east, trailing through some of the most historic Charlottesville neighborhoods and along the Rivanna River. Sprint Pavilion, Downtown Mall.  7am start time for both races.  $Various costs.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 15, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against James Madison. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
October 18, Friday
UVA MEN'S SOCCER
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos in their game against Pittsburgh. Klockner Stadium.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-8821. 
 
October 19, Saturday
FAMILY ZUMBA
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Zumba is a Latin-fusion dance class with easy-to-follow moves. Jennifer Homan will lead this family-friendly class for all ages that will get your body moving and your heart pumping. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 19, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. DUKE & FAMILY WEEKEND
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBA.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
September 6-November 29
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9042. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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September 28, Saturday
DONUTS WITH GROWNUPS
JMRL - Central Library.
A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for grownups to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee and juice will be served along with storytime fun. Central Library.  11-11:30am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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July 10-September 29
MIDSUMMER 90
American Shakespeare Center.
Shakespeare's mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind's power of imagination, and reveals that the course of true lovecan alter with just one touch of magic. A 90 minute adaptation. For ages 7+ The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
October 18, Friday
PETER RABBIT TALES - LIVE ON STAGE!
The Paramount Theater.
Don't miss the stage retelling of the classic Beatrix Potter favorites. This live event is not only for the next generation of littles, but also for the young-at-heart who fondly remember the adventures of Potter's Peter Rabbit. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $14.75 adult, $10.75 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
August 8-November 29
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
A wily old general mentors a fiery young queen in the finer points of state-craft. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 26-November 30
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
Two great leaders entangle themselves and their nations in one great big romantic mess. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 25-November 30
JULIUS CAESER
American Shakespeare Center.
A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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